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Qinghai Tongren Rebgong Shaman Festival Tour - 6 Days

Destination: Xining 每 Tongren 每 Xiahe
Duration: Six Day
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The Shaman Festival of Tongren county has a history of over four hundred years, celebrating religion, sacrifices to God, and entertainment for the people. Celebrated in June by the Tu ethnic minority, this worship ceremony is arranged and presided over by the lawa (village shaman). Traditions featured at the festival include piercing needles through one*s cheeks, climbing the dragon pole, beating holy drums, dancing and singing of layi (folk songs), and a grand finale of the priest splitting the mountain. The piercing of the cheeks is said to prevent diseases entering the mouth. This ritual is done by the priest to all voluntary young men, and appears painless to the subject. The needles are then removed, where upon the priest bestows a magical breath on the subject such that there is no bleeding nor scarring. The male performers beating on the holy drums wear costumes up to their waists, and display colorful ribbons hanging from piercings in their bare backs.
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Day 1 Xining Arrival
Welcome to Xining, Qinghai. Once morning arrival at Xining Caojiabao Airport/Train Station, your tour guide will meet you, and then escort you to your hotel by a private vehicle.

In the afternoon,, drive about 26km to visit the famous Taer Monastery which is the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master 每 Tsongkhapa who was the founder of Gelug(a sect of Buddhism). It is also famous as one of ※6 monastery of Gelug§. You must not miss the ※three bests§ of Taer Monastery 每 murals, barbola and butter sculptures.


Day 2 Xining 每 Qinghai Lake (B, L, D )
After breakfast, drive around 2.5 hours to the Qinghai Lake which is the best highlights of your Qinghai tour.

Qinghai Lake is surrounded by high mountains from outside. And on the foot of mountains it is endless beautiful grasslands. So you can enjoy the great views by walking, riding or biking. Qinghai Lake is the paradise for birds, which can amount to more than 10 thousand in the summer.

Cruise on the lake and visit the Bird Island in the lake. On route, you will also visit the Riyue Mountains (Sun and Moon Mountains) and the Ri Pagoda and Yue Pagoda which hich were built in Tang Dynasty to commemorate the intermarriage of marrying Princess Wencheng of Tang to Tubo. In nearby, you will also be amazed by the Daotang River which flows oppositely.

Go back Xining and stay overnight.


Day 3 Xining 每 Tongren 每 Xiahe (B, L, D )
Today, you will drive to Tongren County, Qinghai, where is the originated place of the famous ※Regong Art§. Visit the Wutun Monastery which is a small but fully visited monastery which is located in Wutun Village of Longwu Town. Wutun Monastery has a history of more than 6 hundreds years, fully decorated by beautiful Tibetan works of art. The most outstanding ones are thangkas, barbolas and sculptures.

Then, you will take a visit to a local family to experience the authentic living. Most importantly, you will have chance to observe how the most beautiful in Qinghai Thangkas are painted.


Day 4 Shaman Festival (B, L, D )
Today greets the most important part of this itinerary 每 Shaman Festival. Shaman Festival is a religious ceremony organized in some villages around the Tongren during a whole June of Lunar Calendar. During Shaman Festival, there are numerous hilarious activities, such as ritual dancing, drum beating, singing, etc. The highlights part is the dancing played by the Shaman who is regarded as the spokesman of God. In this ritual dance, you will see how the people offer up sacrifice to God, how the Shaman greets God, the God showcase his sign, Shaman escort God.


Day 5 Tongren 每 Xining (B, L, D )
After breakfast, Visit the holy temple - Rongwu Monastery is the third largest Tibetan monastery in south northwestern China, right after Labrang Monastery, Taer Monastery. It is now a Gelug monastery. Rongwu Monastery played a very important role during the history of Tibetan Buddhism in northwestern China. Many famous Buddhist master, scholars lived and studied Buddhism here.

After then, drive back to Xining. Once arrival, you will be escort to visit the famous Dongguan Great Mosque. As one of the ※four great mosques in China§, Dongguan Great Mosque is the holy home to the millions Muslims in China. There are many Muslim disciples worship and attend Muslim event here.

Stay overnight in Xining.

Day 6 Xining Departure ( B )
Today is free for you to have fun until your tour guide escort you to airport or train station for your flight/train to next destination.

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